OSHKOSH, Neb. -- Family friends are rallying behind a Panhandle family after an Oshkosh man was fatally struck by lightning while riding a horse. 

Shannon Loomis and Kinley Pritchett organized a GoFundMe on Monday for the family of 27-year-old Terrel Vineyard.

Vineyard died on June 21 near Oshkosh. 

The Garden County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Garden County Attorney/Coroner, were called to an incident, north of Oshkosh at about 2:08 p.m. June 21. Authorities received a report of a male struck by lightening while horseback. 

Vineyard was deceased upon officers' arrival. Autopsy revealed that Vineyard was struck by lightening.

Earlier this year, Vineyard and his wife were married. They were scheduled to have a wedding reception later this summer.

His funeral was held Tuesday at the Garden County Fairgrounds Arena in Lewellen with Pastor Matt Waitley of the New Hope Church of Ogallala officiating. 

Horses and their riders were encouraged to attend. Burial was in the Antelope Valley Cemetery near Oshkosh. 

Vineyard was born in Ogallala, Neb., to a farm and ranch family. He attended Garden County High School. He then attended and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Agricultural Sciences.